We set out to design, develop & champion innovative, high-quality, ergonomic products for people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, making everyday challenges that little bit easier.
We've spent huge amounts of time speaking to those that use and require solutions or 'mobility aids' that they need to help them through everyday challenges. The problem is loud and clear. There are so many products currently on the market that are ugly and medical-looking or not fit for purpose. Our research identified that these people are underserved, they are not getting the solutions they deserve. Our approach is different. We design our solutions to higher standards, so that they are not only functional but stylish too. They are designed to blend into your modern home environment and make a real difference to how you feel about using them.
As a small start-up business, we have invested time and money to ensure that manufacturing in Britain was a priority. This not only guaranteed high quality, but it drastically reduces our carbon footprint and impact on the ever-looming climate crisis. Plus, it is also hugely beneficial for our economy.
Being in close proximity to our manufacturers means that during our product development process we can resolve any issues that arrive, and assess the quality of the materials and production processes. Easy access by our product team is not only convenient, it further reduces the need to fly halfway around the world to visit the production lines! If we look at our own development cycle, this has reduced at least three return flights' worth of emissions…
As an additional short-term benefit, we avoid any import delays at ports due to increased pressures from Covid protocols and post-Brexit paperwork for EU goods arriving into the country. Not something that everyone can say in the industry at the moment.
With such a keen focus on quality production, there was certainly a reason to focus on sourcing from a pool of brilliant British manufacturing partners that are available to us here in England. Due to the great output we have seen by manufacturing in Britain we've been able to expand our product portfolio and grow our business to help more people with more great solutions. Not to mention we’ve been able to do this all during the covid outbreak.
As responsible designers and manufacturers, it is important for us that our activities also contribute positively to the local community around us. And this is something we take pride in at Arthr.
There are many reasons why it's important to manufacture in Britain where we can, but there are two major factors driving our decision making:
- Carbon footprint reduction
- Investment in the UK economy